LIVEGREEN Week - February 4-8
LIVEGREEN Week - February 4-8
Posted on 01/24/2019

LIVEGREEN Week is an opportunity for our district community of teachers, staff, and students to pause and shift their attention and actions to promote a more environmentally friendly way of living. Help celebrate sustainability in District 197 by participating in one or all of the events below.

Monday- Plastic Challenge - Challenge yourself to use less plastic! Only about nine percent of all plastic ever made has likely been recycled, while around 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into the oceans every year from coastal regions. For more information on plastic pollution;

Tuesday- Conserve Water - Fill your reusable bottle at water filling stations around the district. Using a water bottle instead of water fountain cuts down on wasting water. Remember to report running water, drips or leaks.   

Wednesday- Food Waste Matters -Take all you can eat, but eat all you take! Let’s notice how much food we throw away. Each month our schools throw away 10 tons of organics, that is still a lot of food!  (18 if you include the paper products)

Thursday- Know what to recycle - The phrase “When in doubt throw it out” is hard to hear, but with frequent changes to the recycling industry, we need to keep contamination out of the recycling stream so things that can be recycled have a chance. Take a moment to review what can and can’t be recycled here.

Friday- Solar - Use solar energy and reduce fossil fuels! Last year, Garlough Environmental Magnet School, Heritage E-STEM Magnet School and Mendota Elementary School joined Friendly Hills Middle School and Moreland Arts & Health Sciences School by receiving solar panel systems. In total, the five projects expect to offset nearly 360,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually and save the school district an estimated $750,000 in electricity costs over the next 25 years.

Check out the solar dashboard for Moreland and FHMS to see how much electricity they generate each day. The dashboards for Mendota, Garlough and Heritage will be ready soon.   

In the spring of 2018, School District 197 subscribed to a community solar garden for 120 percent of our electricity with Innovative Power Systems (IPS). Community solar gardens (CSGs) offer the benefits of bringing renewable energy to our schools without having to implement on-site solar.

Remember to wear green or your LIVEGREEN t-shirt on Friday!